Following the tragic death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, the City of Wheat Ridge took action by passing a resolution condemning racism and hate at the June 22, 2020, Council Meeting. Recognizing the need for further action, on September 21, 2020, Council directed staff to create a Race and Equity Task Force. The task force was assigned to review City policies, services, and ordinances as well as inequities in community systems and develop recommendations to make Wheat Ridge a more inclusive and responsive community.
The Council appointed 20 members to the task force in February 2021. These members met twice a month for two years to work on their assigned tasks. On April 3, 2023, the task force completed their assignment by presenting the Council with a report containing more than one hundred recommendations. Thereafter, the Council reached consensus to accept the report and create an advisory committee to continue the work of the task force.
The Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility (IDEA) Committee was created by the City Council at the August 7, 2023 meeting. The mission of the committee is to:
- Advise the City Council on policies and practices to make Wheat Ridge a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive community.
- Advise the City Council on the implementation of the 2023 Race and Equity Task Force Recommendation Report.
- Act as a liaison between the community and the City Council, to bring forward issues and solutions related to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the City of Wheat Ridge.
- Organize events and activities that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- Promote diversity, equity, and inclusion programs to the community.
- Foster mutual respect and understanding of all persons.